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Blogging your Passion {Why I Chose Personal Finance}

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I’m a firm believer in blogging your passion. You know that one subject that you can’t get enough of? That subject that keeps coming up in your everyday conversations?

THAT is what you should blog about. When I was a Senior in high school, our English teacher, Mr. Mitchell, was well-known as “the toughest teacher”.

About 80% of our entire grade for the whole year was weighted by one paper. This paper was called the “Critical Analysis”, and every single Senior had to complete it. We spent the entire year working on it, section by section, page by page, until we finally finished.

Did I mention this massive book report was 30 pages long and based on a single book? I, being the rebel that I was, chose “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote because, quite frankly, it was the only thing I was interested in.

I hated reading, and if I was going to spend a year getting to know a book inside and out, it was going to be a book that was interesting!

I went on to not only get an A on the critical analysis, but I also received the English IV award. Mr. Mitchell taught me so much about passionate writing and awareness in my own interests.

 


For the past 10 years, personal finance has been something I’ve been extremely passionate about.

After all, I began my career in banking in 2004 and set out to learn as much as I possibly could about budgeting, saving money, personal loans, mortgages, etc. I remember my first week as a teller for MidFirst Bank. This bank (like most banks these days) expected us to cross-sell different banking products to every single customer we spoke with.

I was raised in a large family with little to no money and by parents who didn’t really know much about personal finances. So when I tried cross-selling a CD (certificate of deposit) to a client, and he asked me to explain to him what a CD was, I looked like a deer in headlights. I truly had no idea what the purpose of a CD was.

I knew that it earned interest, but I didn’t know it was basically a savings account that isn’t accessible (without penalty) for a certain term. From that moment on, I set out to learn as much as I could about the different banking products so I would never feel humiliated offering products and services to clients without being able to explain them easily.

Blogging your Passion {Failed Attempts}

 

I always knew I wanted to blog about personal finance, but I had a fear of failure. I kept going back to that same 21-year-old girl who worked as a teller. I tried blogging about different subjects while throwing a few personal finance terms and blogs in there, but I never felt that I #nailedit. I never truly felt fulfilled.

Blogging your passion is about finding something you can’t shut up about and going all in!

The first blog I started was called My Purposeful Life, where I talked a bit about everything. I had no true direction or focus other than purposeful, intentional living. And, truth be told, I was kind-of (totally) a mess at that point in my life, so I wasn’t prepared to share my story and/or my gifts with the world!

Then I refocused my efforts on real estate. Since I’d been a banker for 8 years, I was tired of working for $30,000-$40,000 per year to pay the daycare bill. Childcare is expensive AF these days, am I right?!

So I obtained my real estate license and worked for a couple of years before moving out of state. I learned a little bit about SEO and real estate marketing from Jeff Lobb, a marketing and social media consultant and speaker.

I started a blog using WordPress.com which was a terrible idea, to begin with (always go with WordPress.org), and on top of that, I violated the use of the term Realtor® by making my domain “mycityRealtor” which was a HUGE no no! Lesson learned!

After we moved to Illinois, I started another blog to fill my time as I learned more about blogging, Perfection Hangover, where I shared my experience and why I quit Beachbody coaching. (MLM’s are such a terrible idea)

You really should read this post if you’ve ever considered network marketing). It really started as a place for me to vent. I began to learn more about social media marketing, graphics design, and how to blog.

But I still hadn’t started blogging my passion. I was writing a few blogs about budgeting and saving money, but I still hadn’t nailed down my main idea.

And then one day I woke up and said, “Okay…it’s time to do this!” And I went all in on my personal brand. I became very self-aware of who I am and what I stand for. I decided that there’s no reason to be fearful of failure because if God created me in His image, I am called to create. And as long as I’m doing it to glorify Him and to help others, I WILL be successful! So I launched MelissaBlevins.com on January 3, 2018, and I transferred some of my content over from Perfection Hangover, and I am finding my voice through blogging more and more every day!

The point of this post is that if you’ve been on the fence about starting a blog, just do it. I’ve even broken it down, step by step for you, from the best feminine WordPress themes to my Winning Pinterest Strategy (How I 10x’d my audience in 1 month).

You have exactly what you need to do to get started blogging. Just make sure you’re extremely aware of your gifts and talents and go all in on that. Focus on how you can help others, and you can’t go wrong.

Don’t worry about what other people will think or say. If you have to hide your blog from your family and friends while you find your voice, just do it! I can promise you won’t regret it, especially when you start seeing the traffic coming in and people responding to your message.

When you help others by blogging your passion, you will start feeling a sense of fulfillment that is indescribable! In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite inspirational bloggers who are earning six figures per MONTH by blogging their passion!

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